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What To Do With All That Stuff.

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Blink and summer passes by.  As of this week the unofficial end of summer is here and despite the fact summer’s damn humidity is hanging on for dear life, for New Yorkers it’s fashion week — a city-wide celebration for the fashion crowd that marks a new season.

If you’re at all like us, you’re looking at your summer wardrobe, feeling bored with what’s there and guilty for letting so many pieces go unworn but are ready for new fall styles.

As much as we preach wearing clothing for it’s entire use life, we understand that sometimes you just need a purge. Some pieces may have reached the end of their life, some are torn, permanently stained, or just don’t fit anymore so that purge is necessary. It’s a cleansing feeling and a time to hit restart. However, before you fill trash bags that you haul to Goodwill, let us give you a friendly and powerful reminder that 80% of what you donate will not be sold at said Goodwill so it will go to a landfill. Our concrete jungle alone spends over $20MM per year shipping your discarded clothing to landfills. Don’t fret, we did you a major solid by putting together better uses for those piles of unwanted goods! You’re welcome.

All textiles- For all textiles that have reached their final stage of life, send them to RewearAble. We just LOVE the people there and support the mission, which is why we Tulerie is an official partner. Aside from unwanted clothes, think sheets, towels, and shoes. They’ll take it and repurpose it. If you’re interested in sending anything to them, email us at hello@tulerie.com and we’ll send you a complementary shipping label so all you have to do is throw it in a box.

Denim - If you’re finding yourself with loads of denim, there is an urgent need for pants for refugees coming in from central america without clothes. They’re desperately seeking pants for men, women and children and can be sent here:

Jeans for the Journey

1721 B Beaumont Avenue

McAllen, Texas 78501

Dresses– because we’re all about female empowerment, we have to mention Dress for Success. Remember how confident you felt at your last interview or meeting, wearing your favorite dress? Let other women feel that good doing their power pose.

Kids stuff– those rugrats grow a hell of a lot faster than our tomatoes that are finally here. And they also lose interest in toys as quickly as you did bell sleeves. Many hospitals accept gently used toys for children in care to play with. Check with your local hospital first to make sure they do. If not, find a local shelter, who will also take bathtubs, bouncers and anything else your kiddo doesn’t need anymore.

Sports gearBig Brothers and Big Sisters is a great place to send this stuff and you know it’ll get used. 

That old phone - Wireless phones and technologies offer a lifeline for domestic violence victims in an emergency.  Send those devices to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, who has partnered with Verizon to get these phones into victims hands. You can donate at any Verizon store. 

Kitchen wares or anything else household related – Send these to Hearts and Homes for Youth, who are making sure children who have been displaced from their homes, are in foster care, or group homes have what they need to feel the comforts you feel at home. 

Brand Focus: Eileen Fisher

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Eileen Fisher didn’t jump on the sustainability bandwagon, she’s been driving it!  Mitigating the damaging effects fashion has on our environment has been at the forefront of her business, unexpectedly forging an entirely new revenue stream. 

Without a doubt, one of the culprits contributing to the 25.5 billion pounds of REUSABLE textiles thrown away each year is, gulp, trends.  Fashion brands all over the world are selling you on the idea of newness, and we’re just as guilty for falling for it.  Eileen Fisher may not be one of the contemporary brands we vie after but we can certainly get behind her ethos of creating timeless, high quality pieces that will carry you from season to season and wish some of her junior counterparts in the industry followed in her lead. 

The Eileen Fisher company has two arms of sustainability, Design Work and Renew which allow the company to circumvent almost all waste.  Through the Renew initiative, customers have the opportunity to sell back there unwanted Eileen Fisher garments to the company for $5 a piece. You read that correctly, Eileen Fisher is paying their customers.  Over 4,000 pieces arrive at the company’s factory every week, validating that consumers are looking for options besides le garbage. 

The items are thoroughly inspected and either designated unsalvageable or re-sewn.  The re-sewn pieces are then used to make entirely new garments, or repaired and resold at reduced pricing. How’s that for responsible business practices (cough, cough, Burberry). The Renew collection alone is a $3MM annual business. 

I bet you’re wondering what happens to the unsalvageable pile?  We were too.  The Design Work team invested in something called a felting machine, which is primarily employed by the automotive industry.  For the price of one Hermes bag this machine helps the team recycle not only the unsalvageable garments but also the tons of scraps accumulating at its factories.  From this one ethical, non-profit driven decision the company carved out a new business in home goods.  Design Work uses the new recycled textiles to create large-scale works of wall art, accessories, upholstery pillows and other home furnishings.  The pillows are now sold ABC Carpet & Home while the wall works have been commissioned by private collectors, hotels, office buildings, museums and other corporate institutions. 

The next time you see an Eileen Fisher store, remember that she is the OG trend setter of sustainability.   

Making Old New Again

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The Museum at FIT launched their latest exhibition a few weeks ago titled "Fashion Unraveled". It is a beautiful celebration of deconstruction and repurposing.  We know you're as tired of the word 'repurpose' as we were of Despacito at this time last year, but this is not an exhibition trying to capitalize on the sustainable fashion movement.  This exhibit serves as a reminder that not too long ago, we relished that worn again and again (and again) look.  It's just a happy accident the theme of this show aligns well with the current conversation about consumerism in the area of fashion.  In creating Fashion Unraveled, what Colleen Hill, head curator, supports more than sustainability is the reconnection to what we're buying. Invest in clothes that mean something to you instead of the buy, try, dispose mentality brought to you by the fast fashion retailers. 

Hill features designers like Martin Margiela, one of the OG 'deconstructionists'. The Margiela Tabi boot, on display, was designed with the deliberateness of long-term wear and it distresses in such a way over time that keeps it looking current. Fashion Unraveled also represents designers like Mimi Prober who repurposes vintage clothing for new designs and Betsy Johnson who has a jumpsuit on display created from her ex-partners discarded rugby shirt. 

Another designer is Lamine Kouyate who uses his Malian heritage as a guidepost in how he designs.  He says "It's an African philosophy to use things up. You don't waste anything, but create new from old."  We're on the same page Lamine!  Check out Fashion Unraveled, open now through November.  Perhaps you'll be inspired to find new within the old in your own closet. 

Let's make World Environment Day more important than National Donut Day

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National Donut Day was last Friday.  We saw you eat that toasted coconut thanks to your Instagram.  And with National Rosé Day being Saturday, we know your Domaines Ott is chilled. But today is World Environment Day, easily more noteworthy than donuts and rosé, so we hope you'll craft a post equally as time consuming as that glass of rosé aligned perfectly with the sunset.  Bring awareness to something more important than Rosé All Day.  In honor of Wold Environment Day, we've compiled a list of 9 super simple changes you can make in your daily routine that will actually save the planet, which we believe is worthy of a reward donut.  The call to action this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution" which is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. 

First, look around you and count everything made of plastic that's within arms reach - and don't forget to include the pieces of your outfit made of polyester. Now let's consider why we use so much plastic if it's so harmful.  Why not just stop making things out of it, right? Two words - cheap and easy. Plastic is a cheap, lightweight material to buy and it's easy to make.  What most people don't know is that plastic is actually a valuable resource, but only when it's reused and recycled. Rather, with our growing on-demand culture, we have become reliant on plastics as disposable material.  When plastics aren't re-used or recycled it sees two fates; it is either burned in a landfill or is floating in our oceans. In fact, about 13 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.

How does this effect you? When plastic ends up in a landfill, it's incinerated and all those toxins are released into the air for us to breathe. Styrofoam being one of the worst plastics because of its genetic make up of nasty, carcinogenic toxins. Ugh! When plastics make it to the ocean, lots of sh*t goes down. The material is often ingested by marine life, which is how those gross toxic chemicals enter our own food chain. I don't think this is what Elton John meant when he wrote the "Circle of Life" but I've been wrong before. Then there are plastic bags which often block waterways, exacerbating natural disasters and clogging sewers, creating breeding grounds for mosquitos and pests, increasing the transmission of vector-borne illnesses.  Hello Zika.  Bet you never thought your beach travel plans could be ruined over your Starbucks straw.  Now consider the economic impact from cleaning to keep these problems at bay (pun intended). Studies suggest that the total economic damage to the world's marine ecosystem caused by plastic amounts to at least $13 billion every year. 

One of the biggest contributors of plastic waste is single-use items, meaning it is designed to be thrown away after being used only once (like that sushi you had delivered to your apartment last night).  The most prolific single-use plastics found in the environment are, in order of magnitude, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles and caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, other types of plastic bags and foam take-away containers.  This is where you should focus on reducing your footprint.  The good news here is that single-use plastics is an area where individuals can effect real change by conducting simple daily habits.

Here are a few simple ways to effectively use less plastic and 2 for how to use plastic the right way:

1.  Carry a reusable water bottle.  We are obsessed with these.

2. Take a reusable bag to the grocery store.  This makes us feel less guilty about that last Lululemon purchase.  Those bags can hold several pounds of produce!

3. Speaking of produce - when grocery shopping why put your avocados or kale in a produce bag, just to put them in another bag?  You're going to wash the leaves when you get home anyhow.  

4. Avoid plastic straws, opt for glass or paper instead.  Better yet, skip the straw and save yourself the wrinkles.

5. On the last step of your Seamless or GrubHub order, remember to check the box indicating you don't need plastic utensils.  You're at home.  You have forks. 

6. An easy one, dispose of plastics in the proper recycling containers.  Almost every fast casual restaurant is set-up for recycling, so do your part by separating the materials and putting them in the correct recycling bins. 

7. Use these glass or steel food storage containers over zip lock bags.  Your taste buds will thank you for the freshness.

8. When traveling, TSA wants you to put all your cosmetics in a plastic bag.  We suggest Glossier's reusable bag

9. Lease up? Pack up your apartment into these heavy-duty, reusable stacking containers.  They will drop them off when you need them and pick them up when you're done.  A dual approach to recycling by eliminating single-use cardboard waste and reusing valuable plastic.

Brand Focus: RE/DONE

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Denim is the new athleisure...we say, 'Praise Be'.  Believe it or not, the $92.9 billion jeans market has been overshadowed by athleisure brands like Lululemon and Sweaty Betty for the last few years.  According to data from retail tech company, Edited, the woman's jeans market finally saw some serious growth in 2017 compared to it's stretchy competitors. 

As much as we worship the cozy feeling of our leggings, it doesn't compare to the fit of a perfectly worn in pair of jeans. The perfect denim has the power to instantly boost your bum and your confidence, which is why everyone who slithers into a pair of RE/DONE jeans falls is hooked.  But we love RE/DONE for more reasons than that.  Founders Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur are creating the cult favorites by recutting the 400 million pairs of Levi's that have already been worn, loved, and donated, often to the Salvation Army. 

In their eyes, they are creating new product the way other designers often do, by looking to vintage designs and brands for inspiration, but these guys are giving credit back to the brands who may have lost their cool factor, or even have become extinct.  After seven months of unstitching jeans at the seams, and recutting what was made for a man into a woman's form, Sean and Jamie landed on the modern cut they were hoping for and in a few short years have made Levi's a staple again. What makes these jeans even more interesting is imagining the story each unique pair has.  Are the knees a bit more worn on yours because the previous owner spent a lifetime gardening or maybe they are effortlessly faded from the truck driver who sat in his all day.   Regardless, we just want to say thank you to RE/DONE for creating this epicycle movement and to the original Levi's purchaser for breaking in our favorite pair for us.